Lee Curreri says forged of ‘Fame’ TV present was not effectively paid


Being on TV shouldn’t be all it’s cracked as much as be, in response to “Fame” star Lee Curreri.

The actor, who performed Bruno Martelli within the 1980 film and its small-screen spinoff from 1982 to 1987, revealed that the present’s forged was not precisely effectively compensated.

“We have been getting lower than folks in half-hour sitcoms have been getting,” Curreri completely instructed Web page Six. “So think about you’re making kind of a middle-class wage however you’re on TV so everybody expects you to be rich.

“And also you’ve acquired a supervisor and an agent and generally even a publicist,” he continued. “And that cash goes actually shortly except you complement it in different methods by reaching exterior and doing different issues.”

The Bronx-born musician, 60, was fast to notice, nevertheless, that “breaking out by yourself” can typically upset community brass and producers as a result of “then they’ve an unstable forged they usually need everybody to be kind of subservient.”

He added, “It’s simply throughout a tough factor, and also you don’t actually get anyplace except you’re a insurgent.”

Curreri was only a 19-year-old pupil on the Manhattan College of Music when a instructor really helpful him to the “Fame” film’s casting agent to play the shy however proficient pianist.

Enlarge Picture"Fame" movie poster with Lee Curreri and Irene Cara in 1980.
The film “Fame” received two Oscars.
Courtesy Everett Assortment

After starring within the Oscar-winning flick, the performer reprised his function as Bruno within the TV collection. He referred to as the present an “fascinating” expertise, as he didn’t have somebody to information him via the pitfalls and “Hollywood hierarchy.”

“It was a lesson for me,” he defined. “And it’s a lesson that’s arduous to study till you’re out of it and then you definitely go, ‘Oh yeah, I see what was occurring there. And I see how I may have dealt with that in a different way. And I see how illustration is meant to take over at this level.’”

Lately, Curreri is blissful being behind the scenes. He’s at present busy engaged on Christmas songs for holiday-themed exhibits.

He’s additionally set to seem in Tuesday’s “Stars within the Home” recreation night time, which can function the forged of “Fame” squaring off towards “Glee” alums together with Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale. All funds raised from the livestreamed occasion help The Actors Fund.


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